Today’s generation

Last night I was reading an article in the Atlantic headlined, “Herman Cain is no Booker T. Washington.” Below it was this photo:

booker_t_washington

My stepson peered over my shoulder, saw the name Washington in the headline, and said, “Is that George Washington?”

No, I said, it’s Booker T. Washington. He was a leader of blacks after slavery was abolished. Then, just to clarify that my stepson honestly thought the first president of the United States could have been black, I asked, “Do you know who George Washington was?”

“Yes, he was president of the United States.”

And there you have it. This is today’s generation: children who were in elementary school when a black man really was the US president — and who therefore can’t think of any reason why earlier presidents couldn’t have been black, too.

When I can show him a photograph of a woman named Lincoln, and have him think she was a president as well, then I’ll know that our culture has become civilized at last.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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2 Responses to Today’s generation

  1. Judy Deaton says:

    We have been expats for 35 years and our children absorbed so many different cultures that, although they are in their 40s, they are race, creed, sex and age blind. We are so grateful. Obrigada para um blogue interesante.

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